The British celebrity chef is still on track after Fox last month gave the original show a second season and a post-Super Bowl LVII premiere in 2023, and commissioned a remake of its BBC cooking format. Gordon Ramsay’s Stars of Gastronomy. He now has another feather in his cap.
Produced by Fox-backed Studio Ramsay Global, Senior Level Leader will take place in eight parts. ITV said its version, which will also run on the ITVX streaming service, will be a “one-of-a-kind cooking challenge billed as the toughest and most epic cooking competition on TV”.
The format takes place in a huge studio, with three unique kitchen spaces spread over three floors and standing almost 50 feet tall. Each floor tests the culinary creativity, agility, brilliance and expertise of the contestants, as they compete to advance to the next level. The upper level is a state-of-the-art kitchen utopia, while the dark basement is a “garbage-only” environment.
Casting is currently underway, with home chefs, social media stars and aspiring chefs all invited to apply. News of the format deal first emerged in the UK in March.
ITV Entertainment Commissioning Manager Katie Rawcliffe and Commissioning Editors Lily Wilson and Paula Thomas Gallie commissioned the show. Ramsay, Lisa Edwards and Iain Peckham serve as executive producers, Lyndon Tovey as series editor, and Sarah Needham and Ben Flower as production managers.
“Top Level Chef is a dynamic cooking competition at the forefront of your seat in a league of its own. We are delighted to welcome Gordon to the UK and embark on perhaps the most ambitious television studio in the world,” said Rawcliffe.
Gordon Ramsay added:Senior Level Leader is off the board, top level everything; an epic culinary competition at all levels. From the size of the massive structure to every challenge, every moment of danger is enormous. I want to see our chefs, social media stars, home cooks whatever their level, whatever their experience, show me what they can do.